In Hip Hop History Today “Rapper’s Delight became the first Hip Hop single to reach the Billboard top 40” January 5, 1980

Hip hop’s roots as a musical phenomenon are subject to debate, but its roots as a commercial phenomenon are much clearer. They trace back directly to January 5, 1980, when the song “Rapper’s Delight” became the first hip hop single ever to reach the Billboard top 40. Listen to Rapper’s Delight above.

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